What does Coconut Grove taste like? We're guessing left-over granola, beer, chicken wings, a side of college recklessness, and a bit of seafood fresh off a yacht docked at the marina. But a more precise sampling of the flavors of this neighborhood, will be found at the free outdoor festival this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended Taste of the Grove, and event organizers are planning for a similar crowd this time around.
The fest, taking place at Peacock Park, will be split into a large tasting section, where area restaurants will set up individual tables; two wine and spirits lounges; and a "coffee house."
Though admission is free, tickets for beverages and samples cost $1
each, and all samples will go for one to
eight tickets. This year's list of restaurants is heavy on
hotel eateries: Mutiny Hotel's Atchana's East/West Kitchen, Sonesta
Entertainment will consist of mainly house music DJs, but there will
also be performances by local music acts. LaVie, who combines neo/soul
and dance sounds, will hit the stage at 2 p.m. on Sunday and Prince
Haiti, a hip-hop artist who infuses tracks with soulful melodies and
Caribbean sounds, will perform at 4:40 p.m. the same day. Events such as
chef competitions and children's activities will also take place
throughout the day.
The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival takes place at
Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove) on Saturday, April 16,
and Sunday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the festival is
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free, and food and drink tickets cost $1 each. VIP admission, which
includes special tastings and butler service, costs $20. Call
305-444-7270 or visit thegreattasteofthegrove.com.